This Saturday is the day! I’m so excited to show you my patches!
You will be able to see all the goodness on my Etsy page and if you are an Instagram follower tomorrow I’ll be releasing a coupon code! Eeep!
I hope you are as excited as I am. After this the next release of patches and pins won’t be till January where I hope to go in an almost different direction! So get these patches while you can!
I have a lot of work to do tonight to get ready! ❤️
Save the date! October 15th I will be opening my Etsy store and listing these hand made patches! Now I gotta work on my Etsy page! Eeep!
Just in time for Halloween!
I’ll be listing more than what’s pictured here. Lots more! I’ve been working my butt off to bring you unique fun patches! If you follow along on Instagram I’ll be releasing a coupon code to use for opening weekend! You know what that means- more patches!
I’m excited to share it all with you!
My motivation to blog lately has been nonexistent. I still want to blog and use this space as a sort of diary of things created but I don’t like the pressure of needing to blog a certain amount of days a week or at certain times just to get readers or followers. Don’t get me wrong I like having people feel inspired by what I’ve made but I don’t want that to be why I blog. It would also help if I made more than .50cents a day. I’ll keep blogging but it will be more on my time. Having an active toddler makes it harder to blog as well. Currently I am writing this post while walking, yes walking with Rohan. This currently is my only free time. At the end of the day I am just tired and want to hang out with my husband. Blah.
On an exciting note I took an embroidery class through Dabble. Yes I know how to embroider but the class was so much fun. It was so nice having a few hours of baby free time and to hang out with some lovely ladies. I totally had a great time and I’m even thinking about teaching some classes through dabble!
Onto my embroidery… More patches! This is one of the things I am thinking about teaching. Embroidered felt patches. I made up two mock ups to see how long it would take me to make them and to see if it would be doable in a two hour class. Totally doable.
I learned to make banners from Instagram user Surleysimpleblog. She also has other fun tutorials like wreath making and calligraphy.
The cat I like to call hurricane disapproved on the crazy dog lady patch. She’s all about the crazy cat lady. 🐱🐱So here we are. New patches. I’m thinking I should start listing some of these patches on Etsy. I want them to sell but I don’t want to waste my time or money listing them if they don’t sell.
Lots of decisions to make.
I am so excited that patches and pins are making a huge comeback! Growing up my backpack and denim jacket were full of Lisa Frank patches and any other pins I could get my hands on. I always wanted more bigger pins. Well now that I am an adult I can make my own! Take that mom!
There are a few different ways to make pins and patches but I’ve chosen to take the hand embroidery path. You can also make patches with your embroidery sewing machine or even just buying them off of Etsy or Instagram. There are plenty of crafters doing a great job making unique pins. And remember, there’s no wrong way to make a patch.
For these patches you’ll need
- Embroidery Floss
- Embroidery needle
- Hot glue gun
- Pin backs
I decided on a bat for my patch. Feeling a bit batty today. 🙂 I drew up my design and traced it onto my felt. I used a pencil that comes off in water just in case any was left behind.
I used glow in the dark embroidery floss. I was able to get this at the local craft store. Once the bat was finished I cut closely around the edges giving the bat it’s bat shape. The embroidery goes pretty quick. I think I managed to get both bats done in one day. Even with Rohan playing at my feet. I then cut out out a second piece of felt, also in the bat shape just slightly bigger than the black felt piece. Kinda like a border piece. This time in red to make my bat pop a little. Using the hot glue gun I glued the red felt to the back of the black felt piece. I did this to hide all of those embroidery threads. I would hate to have the floss snag on something and this gives it a much cleaner finish. At this time you can also add pin backs to the back if you want it as a pin or leave it and have it as a patch. And now you have a terror that flaps in the night!
I’m hoping to get some bright neon colored floss soon and I’ll be making up a batch of Lisa Frank inspired patches! The little girl in me is excited! ❤️💚
In the land of weird- teeth pins are a thing. And anything that gets me out of the ordinary I am willing to make.
This past week it was my friends birthday. Her 30th. I don’t really understand why it’s a big deal but it’s a big deal. So I decided to make her a gift that she would really enjoy. She’s totally into oddities and teeth pins are perfect. I have a bunch of oddities and other cute things drawn up and decided to go with the teeth and wishbone. Those gems will soon be made into pins too. To transfer my drawings to my fabric I used a bright window and taped the paper and the fabric to the window. Making a shadow box. I transferred the drawing to the fabric using a fabric marker. The embroidered part came together during the car ride to the bed and breakfast in Wisconsin. I used my embroidery hoop and quickly teethed these together. I used glow in the dark embroidery floss and outlined the teeth and wishbone in black.
Once back in Chicago I used a hot glue to attach the embroidered piece to a felt backing. Next time I will also use a running stick and attach the front to the felt backing. I used fabric fray to keep the embroidered fabric from fraying.
I also used hot glue to attach the pin back to the felt piece.
And bam! Teeth and a wishbone!
Happy Friday! Be safe out there. ❤️